Rangers Inquired on Joel Hanrahan

The Texas Rangers have inquired about Pittsburgh Pirates’ closer Joel Hanrahan, according to Ken Rosenthal, via MLBTR.  This marks the second time the Rangers have been linked to Hanrahan.  Last July we heard that Texas inquired, and the Pirates’ price was Neftali Feliz.  A Feliz/Hanrahan swap would be an obvious win for the Pirates, and it doesn’t really fit in with the plan for the Rangers, which seems to be adding...

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Trade Rumors: Chris Snyder, Josh Rodriguez

Two trade rumors from the weekend… -The Boston Red Sox have a hole at catcher.  Their starter, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, is currently off to a .186/.255/.233 start, with 17 stolen bases allowed in 23 attempts over 13 starts.  They have Jason Varitek, although Varitek is off to a worse start at the plate, and isn’t really a starting option behind the plate anymore.  Ken Rosenthal mentioned that if the poor start continues, the...

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The Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Trade Market

This is part two of a three part 2011 season preview.  The other two parts are below: 1. 19 Things to Watch For in 2011 2. The Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Trade Market 3. Ten Pirates Prospects Who Could Make An Impact In 2011 The Pirates have been no strangers to trades over the last few years.  In 2008 and 2009 they blew the team up, trading almost every player off the 25-man roster.  In 2010 the trades weren’t as extreme, although...

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What Would Paul Maholm Be Worth?

A lot of trade rumors have surrounded Paul Maholm this off-season.  The left hander is entering the final year of his three year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, earning $5.75 M this year.  He also has an option in 2012 for $9.75 M, with a $750,000 buyout.  However, because Maholm is coming off a year where he put up a 5.10 ERA in 185.1 innings of work, the popular opinion is that the Pirates won’t exercise that option, or...

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Pirates Have Some Interest in Armando Galarraga

Last week the Detroit Tigers designated right handed starter Armando Galarraga for assignment, only days after signing him to a one year, $2.3 M deal.  Detroit is currently engaging in trade talks for the right hander, and a deal is “likely”, according to Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski. Rob Biertempfel mentions that the Pirates have some interest in Galarraga, and speculates that they have money to spend to acquire Galarraga,...

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